Fiji cracks down on child labour


<p style="text-align: justify;">Employers in Fiji have been sternly warned of stiff penalties for employing children in factories and for manual labour, especially in hazardous industries.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">This week the child labour unit for Fiji’s Ministry of Labour issued a communiqué saying firms and individuals doing so could be fined up to F$50,000 (US$28,000).</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The policy however makes a few exceptions: Children between 13 and 15 years of age are permitted to be engaged in employment or light work in family businesses as long as the employment is not likely to harm the health of the child and does not prevent children from continuing their education, the ministry’s coordinator has said.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The ministry established new rules under the Employment Relations Promulgation in 2007.</p>